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Immigration Agents Targeted A 4th Grader, But This School Put A Stop To It

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A fourth grader was recently targeted by immigration agents, Gothamist reports. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agents showed up at the front door of PS58, an elementary school in Maspeth, Queens, asking about the unnamed fourth grader. The agents were turned away by the school’s staff before they could enter. According to NYC’s Department of Education, the school’s policy is to turn away “non-local law enforcement” unless they have required documentation, including “proper warrants.” The NY Daily News reported that New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña reassured the public, saying:

All students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome in NYC public schools, and parents should rest assured that we will do everything in our power to protect students, staff, and families. We’re looking into this incident and are providing schools with additional information on our protocol and more trainings.

According to Gothamist, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary took to Twitter to inform New Yorkers that the mayor had been briefed on the incident.

The press secretary, Eric Philips, later tweeted that they had no details on what business the immigration officer had with the fourth grader and that the officer left when the school’s officials refused to help.

[H/T] Gothamist: Federal Immigration Agent Allegedly Inquired About 4th Grader At Queens Public School

READ: LAUSD Just Made It Harder For ICE To Walk Onto Their School Campuses

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Award Winning Mexican Journalist Slain In Sinaloa State

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Award Winning Mexican Journalist Slain In Sinaloa State

Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was killed Monday in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, an area known for heavy cartel activity, the Washington Post reports. For years, Valdez reported on drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico, and authored multiple books on Mexico’s cartels. He’d previously been targeted by cartels: In 2009, a grenade was thrown into the office of Rio Doce, the publication where he worked, the Washington Post reports. Valdez’s death makes him the fifth journalist to be murdered in Mexico over the last two months. Valdez was 54.

Several journalists took to Twitter to express how they felt. Valdez’s death was met with anger…

… and disbelief.

Many peers praised their fallen brother and expressed grief at the loss.

They spoke of his dedication to journalism and journalists.

And of the friendship they shared.

Despite the heaviness of the violence, Valdez was a positive force among journalists.

And, above all else, he believed in what he did.

The death of such a high profile journalist has set a chilling precedent.

The Washington Post reported that since 1992, almost 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico, making it one of the most dangerous locations in the world to cover the news.

[H/T] Washington Post: Veteran journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico’s Sinaloa

READ: Checking In With ICE Cost Him His Family And Could Cost Him His Life

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